PLYMOUTH — Writers, youth, families and community members are invited to participate in workshops, performances and conversations featuring poet Mckendy Fils-Aimé, a Manchester-based Haitian-American poet and educator who will be in northern New Hampshire January 11-18.
Mckendy will be offering a series of workshops, performances, open mics and community conversations as part of his week-long residency, presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Participating communities include Bethlehem, Berlin, Bristol, Colebrook, Jackson, Lincoln, Plymouth and Tamworth.
In addition to performing and teaching workshops at schools throughout northern New Hampshire, Mckendy will offer community workshops for writers, middle and high school students, and families, as well as a workshop for educators presented in partnership with the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. Preregistration is requested for workshops; for details and to register, go to www.aannh.org. Some of the workshops will be followed by open mics.
In Plymouth, Mckendy will offer two public workshops and emcee an arts event. On Tuesday, January 13, Mckendy will present a teacher workshop — Introducing Poetry to Students through Slam Performance — in the Bradford Room, Centre Lodge, PSU, 8 Merrill St., Plymouth. Slam is one of today's most exciting ways to introduce poetry to students. This progressive performance-based art deals with a wide array of topics. In this 90-minute workshop participants will learn which resources are the most efficient for bringing slam poetry to students. Teachers will be provided with text, video and audio of several performance poems appropriate for school. This workshop is best for those who work with grades 4 & up. Networking and snacks run from 3:30-4 p.m. followed by the workshop from 4-5:30 p.m. $10 fee per person. Registration requested. Additional discounts for Arts Alliance members.
Mckendy will emcee an open mic and perform at the Arts Alliance's BYOP (Bring Your Own Painting, Performance, Presentation...) in Plymouth at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on January 13, at 6:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend a free discussion on "The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Poetry Sharing & Community Conversation on Race & Poverty" at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, January 18, at 5 p.m. Mckendy will introduce himself and share some of his poetry on themes of race and identity. He will then answer questions and participate in a community discussion facilitated by Dr. Meg Petersen of Plymouth State University.
Mckendy performs slam poetry, an exciting and energetic performance style of poetry that engages youth and adults alike. An instrumental organizer and co-host of the long-running and wildly popular Slam Free or Die in Manchester, Mckendy teaches poetry to students and adults in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and he has competed at poetry slams throughout the country. A seven-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam and a Pushcart nominee, he has been published in Freezeray, Word Riot, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection, Prayer in the Cracks.
"Slam is one of today's most exciting ways to introduce poetry to students," Mckendy says. "This performance style makes poetry accessible for everyone. I'm looking forward to sharing my own story and working with local students and community members to explore new approaches to poetry and storytelling."
CAPTION — Poet Mckendy Fils-Aimé will offer a series of workshops in Plymouth during his North Country residency. (Courtesy photo)
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